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Erika Pizano

2018 Ferrari 812 Superfast First Test: More Is More

Even Colin Chapman, famous for, among other things, his take on the old maxim, “less is more,” put turbos on the Lotus Esprit. Because sometimes more is more. No one who drove a Ferrari F12 Berlinetta would argue it needed more power, yet its successor, the 812 Superfast, has just that.

Actually naming a car “super fast,” regardless of historical justifications, requires the same sort of “damn the torpedoes” approach to car building. It had damn sure better be fast or forever be...

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Erika Pizano

Enzo and the Damsels – Reference Mark

There are the automotive icons who are household names. Then there are those who work diligently without public recognition to create the magic that makes those icons famous. Those two groups are the subjects of fascinating new books.

Quick: What do the automotive child seat, head-up display, door lamps, adjustable lumbar supports, retractable seat belts, childproof rear-door and -window lockouts, and the in-car Dictaphone all have in common?

These creations were all proposed, designed, or...

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Erika Pizano

MT Classic: Sampling Three Vintage Mercedes-Benz G-Wagens

When you’ve produced a vehicle continuously for 40 years, odds are there are gonna be some good ones. So to celebrate the milestone launch of the second-gen 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class, the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center provided a half dozen ’80s G-Wagens for us to sample. Here are the three coolest.

Read about the new 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class in this First Drive review

As I’m a child at heart, I naturally gravitated to the 1981 230G Fire Truck. Powered by a 102-hp 2.3-liter I-4...

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Kelly Pleskot

Audi CEO Arrested in Dieselgate Probe

Audi CEO Rupert Stadler was arrested in Germany on Monday in connection to the diesel emissions scandal that broke in 2015. Stadler is one of 20 current or former Audi employees under criminal investigation related to potential fraud.

Officials said the executive was detained over concerns he might seek to suppress evidence, reports the BBC. Audi confirmed to media sources that Stadler was taken into custody, although it wouldn’t comment about the ongoing investigations. “The presumption...

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Kelly Pleskot

Toyota Scores First Victory at Le Mans

On its 20th attempt, Toyota has finally won the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The Japanese automaker nabbed the top two positions, leading other competitors by a considerable margin.

The No. 8 TS050 Hybrid took the checkered flag after 388 laps around the Circuit de la Sarthe in France. Behind the wheel was Fernando Alonso, two-time F1 world champion and a Le Mans rookie. Sébastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima also piloted the race car to victory after enduring a number of upsets with Toyota in the...

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Angus MacKenzie

2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC Prototype First Ride

The Tesla-fighters just keep coming. We’ve driven the Jaguar I-Pace. We’ve had the download on the Audi e-tron, ridden in the Porsche Mission E concept. And now we’ve been up close and personal with a near-production prototype of the Mercedes-Benz EQC, the first Mercedes designed from the wheels up as an electric vehicle. More sleepless nights are ahead for Elon Musk.

The EQC is an all-wheel-drive crossover, roughly the size of the GLC SUV, with e-motors mounted front and rear and an...

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Erika Pizano

A New Ford Concept Helps Blind People “Look” Out the Window – Technologue

My own love of travel incubated in the back seat of a 1969 Chevy Townsman wagon, as it racked up 170,000 miles performing numerous Homeric crisscrossings of the United States. In an era before rear-seat video, onboard Wi-Fi, and smart devices, my sisters and I mostly looked out the windows. We drank in the amber waves of grain, purple mountain majesties, and endless fruited plains for hours at a time.

I shudder to imagine how tedious and cruel such slogs would have seemed had any of us been...

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Kelly Pleskot

Refreshing or Revolting: 2019 Kia K900

Kia still has a ways to go if it wants to make a name for itself in the luxury vehicle category. But the second-generation K900 is a step in that direction. It adopts a modern exterior and interior, even taking a few cues from the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. But are the changes enough to make us desire the K900 over other luxury sedans?

The K900’s front face looks less generic than the old model. The new grille features a similar shape to the old one, but inside there is a new pattern that...

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Kelly Pleskot

Special Ferrari 488 Pista Celebrates Racing Success

We recently drove the Ferrari 488 Pista, and it left us wanting more. After all, it’s the most powerful road-going V-8 ever built by the Prancing Horse. Now, the automaker is rolling out a “Piloti Ferrari” version, featuring the same performance with cosmetic updates. The special model is available exclusively for customers involved in Ferrari’s motorsports programs, and it celebrates the brand’s success in the FIA World Endurance Championship last year.

The “Piloti Ferrari”...

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Erika Pizano

2017 Mazda CX-5 Long-Term Update 5: Road Trip to Utah

As my girlfriend and I loaded up the CX-5, which was already 10 months into our one-year loan with 25,000 miles on the odometer, I realized this was my first non-work-related road trip with the Mazda. We were headed to Utah to visit Arches and Canyonlands National Parks and Monument Valley, which are all about 10 hours away from our Orange County home. We filled up all 30.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row with camping gear, firewood, food, drinks (and beer, duh), and snacks...

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Kelly Pleskot

2019 BMW 8 Series Coupe Delivers 523 HP

After a 20-year hiatus, the BMW 8 Series coupe is returning to the U.S. The range-topping two-door made its official debut today and will go on sale this fall.

BMW hinted at the new model’s appearance last year when it debuted the 8 Series concept. Unfortunately, the production version doesn’t look quite as sleek as that model, but BMW took the most important design themes to heart. The model features a low-slung body, large air intakes, and a bold front spoiler. The model brings along...

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Kelly Pleskot

Ford Eagle Squadron Mustang GT Honors Fighter Pilots in WWII

Ford has created a special Mustang to honor American fighter pilots who served in the Royal Air Force during World War II. The Eagle Squadron Mustang GT will debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed before heading to the auction block.

The special Mustang GT features the Eagle Squadron emblem on the hood in addition to other unique details throughout the body. The three Eagle Squadrons consisted of American volunteer pilots who fought in the skies over northern Europe, including the British...

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Collin Woodard

15 SUVs with More Horsepower Than a Ford Mustang GT

Hot hatches such as the Honda Civic Type R and the Ford Focus RS offer a seriously tempting combination of performance and practicality. But what if you want something larger with even more power? In the past, that might have been a problem, but these days, you’re in luck. Here are 15 high-performance SUVs that will even outgun the 460-hp Ford Mustang GT.

Dodge Durango SRT

After years of rumors, Dodge finally gave the Durango the SRT treatment. That means you can now get a three-row...

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Kelly Pleskot

Volvo S60 Shows Off New Face in Teaser Video

Volvo will debut a new S60 sedan on June 20, the automaker has confirmed. Until then, we can pretty much see the entire face of the new model in this latest teaser posted to social media.

The video reveals the S60 will feature “Thor’s Hammer” LED lights as well as a larger, more rectangular grille. A Polestar badge sits in the lower right part of the grille, indicating electrification.

It’s all in the details. Join us for the interactive live reveal of the Polestar Engineered...

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Kelly Pleskot

Aston Martin Reveals New Vantage GT3

Even though it has been 7 years since Aston Martin rolled out the V12 Vantage GT3, the car is still scoring wins, most recently in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup and British GT series. Now, Aston Martin is serving up a replacement. The new Vantage GT3 is debuting in prototype form this week before its official rollout next year.

The model receives a lightweight aluminum chassis based on the road car, in addition to a new steel roll cage, Xtrac six-speed sequential transmission, and...

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Erika Pizano

Celebrity Drive: Poison Lead Singer Bret Michaels

Quick Stats: Bret Michaels, singer-songwriter, Poison
Daily Driver: 2016 Mercedes-Benz S550 (Bret’s rating: 10 on a scale of 1 to 10)
Other cars: See below
Favorite road trip: California, Arizona, and Las Vegas
Car he learned to drive in: 1967 Ford Galaxie 500
First car bought: 1967 Ford Galaxie 500

In this fast-paced world, Poison lead singer Bret Michaels finds driving on road trips to be therapeutic. And he often takes them in his beloved 2016 Mercedes-Benz S550.

“My philosophy is that a...

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Kelly Pleskot

Watch: Behind the Wheel of the New Aston Martin DB11 AMR

The V-12-powered Aston Martin DB11 may be gone, but something even better has taken its place. With improved handling, more power, and thoughtful cosmetic upgrades, the DB11 AMR improves upon Aston Martin’s original formula for grand touring.

Aston’s AMR sub-brand has created high-performance variants of the Vantage and Valkyrie, and now the DB11 benefits from the treatment. Slotting above the 503-hp DB11 V8, the model packs a 5.2-liter V-12 with 630 hp. This is 30 more hp compared to...

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Angus MacKenzie

2019 LEVC TX Taxi Review: Driving the New Plug-In Hybrid London Taxi

Taxi! In Manhattan, a battered yellow Crown Vic would shimmy to the curb; in Paris, a growling Peugeot 504 diesel. Down in Calcutta, it would be a Hindustan Ambassador, a motorized fossil based on a 1958 Morris Oxford. Up in Tokyo, a spotless Toyota Crown with a rear door that apparently opens itself and lace antimacassars on the headrests. In the years before the globalization of the auto industry, taxis were part of the unique visual signatures of the world’s great cities. But perhaps...

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Erika Pizano

Jaguar I-Pace vs. Tesla Model X EV Tech: 5 Key Differences

Jag never misses an opportunity to point out the price differential that prevents its I-Pace electric crossover from consideration as a Tesla competitor, but the world is comparing them. Here are five key technical differentiators:

Read our 2019 Jaguar I-Pace Track Drive here, and don’t miss our 734-mile electric-Jag road trip here.

Magnetic Motors

Both use AC electric motors, but Jaguar’s in-house-designed motor (built by Detroit-based American Axle & Manufacturing) utilizes...

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Stefan Ogbac

20 Convertibles to Soak Up the Sun

It’s summer—that means it’s time to bring the drop-top out of your garage. But what if you don’t have one? We’ve compiled a list of choices ranging from affordable to insanely expensive, and from cruiser to bruiser. There’s a convertible for everyone to soak up the sun and feel good conquering your favorite roads or simply cruising around the city.

Mazda MX-5 Miata

The quintessential driver’s car gives you plenty of smiles behind the wheel, and it punches way higher than the...

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